The Little Things Newsletter #328 – Life, laughter, and lots of great food!

Welcome to the weekend, my friends! I’m looking forward to a few days off and I will be filling them with friends, family, and some of my favorite summer foods. (Looking at you, Ramen Noodle Salad and Six Threes Ice Cream!)

The weather is starting to cool off here, but it’s still plenty warm and humid most days. I am getting excited about fall though – isn’t everyone??

ON THE BLOG this week: Warm crisp tortillas layered with melting cheese and then filled with an abundance of vegetables add up to these loaded vegetable quesadillas and we love them! They’re absolutely irresistible for snacking or for a meal on their own.

Juicy, tender pan-fried chicken thighs with a golden-crisp skin are possible with just a spoonful of oil and a bit of patience. The hardest part of this recipe is waiting while they slowly cook on the stovetop. You want the skin to be golden-brown with all the fat rendered before you turn them over. This chicken is completely worth the wait!

Peach Crisp with fresh, sweet juicy peaches and a cinnamon, brown sugar topping served warm from the oven is a bowl of deliciousness. If you’re anything like me and can not get enough of the summer’s fresh peaches, this is happiness guaranteed.

Peach Crisp Ice Cream is creamy vanilla ice cream filled with chunks of peach crisp, a peach lover’s dream come true. With chunks of buttery brown sugar and oat crisp with syrupy peaches in every bite, this ice cream is irresistible.

Have you tried Hash Brown Waffles?! These are hot, crispy potato perfection (I filled the last batch with cheese and bacon too!) and there is absolutely no way you can eat just one, they are so good.

If you’re lucky enough to have any leftover grilled corn after this weekend, this grilled corn dip really needs to be on your list to try next. It is creamy, spicy, and slightly sweet and I could devour a bowl full of it pretty much any time of day. With loads of great flavor from cilantro, lime, chili powder, and cumin, this is an irresistibly dippable version of Mexican street corn.

What I’m CRAVING: Grilled Mahi Mahi Tacos sound so good right now. (My friend Holly never fails to make me hungry when I run across her recipes!) Topped with plenty of pineapple salsa, this is a surefire win for dinner any night of the week.

My FAVORITE THING this week is this cross-back chef works apron. It isn’t remotely fancy or cute, but it’s the most comfortable apron ever and pretty much indestructible. Best of all, it’s under $20. You don’t know how comfortable a cross-back apron can be until you switch from one that hangs around your neck. At the end of the day, I just toss it in the wash without a thought to any special care at all. 

What I’m WATCHING: In-Lawfully Yours. The description for this movie is simply “estranged in-laws finding new paths” but friends, this movie is much more than that. It’s both charming and inspirational and I was very pleasantly surprised by it.

I don’t always like movies that are faith-based, as they can veer too close to preachy or judgemental, but this was quite the opposite. It’s all about being true to who you are and second chances. 

“It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.” Psalm 127:2 ESV

Wishing you a beautiful week full of little things that make you smile!

Mary

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